Stranger Fruit

The Territorial Cup is the oldest college football trophy game and the 81st edition of it will be played tonight at Sun Devil Stadium when ASU (#13, 9-2, 6-2) take on the University of Arizona (5-6, 4-4). Depending on the result (and that of other games), ASU could still make either the Rose or Fiesta Bowl, and seal their tenth 10-victory season in school history. UA are trying to snap an eight year bowl drought and are coming off three consecutive wins, the latter two of which (UCLA & Oregon) were games in which their opponents were largely without their starting quarterback.

Weather here is predicted to be cold and rainy. It rained for about twelve hours yesterday (for about an inch and a half of rain) and is drizzling today. Field conditions may be interesting.

Update: ASU wins 20-17 to go 10-2 for the season and condemn the Wildcats to yet another losing bowl-less season. The game was closer than it should have been, but the game against U of A is always crazy. With USC winning and Missouri losing, ASU shares the PAC-10 championship with the Trojans and is more likely than not heading for the Holiday Bowl, though the Fiesta Bowl remains an outside shot. As Bob Davie pointed out on ESPN, an ASU team playing in Glendale would not generate as much money as an out of state team such as Kansas and, despite their 10-2 record, are unlikely to be chosen.